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Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too

Google today announced a fun update to Google Maps that’ll allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. The company has added imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons to its lineup and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery …

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Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk

Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed “Key Reinstallation Attacks,” or “Krack Attacks,” are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every …

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NBA’s first AR game lets you pop-a-shot with your iPhone

The NBA’s already cranked up its virtual reality output, and now it’s taking baby steps into augmented reality too. The league’s new iPhone game lets you play virtual pop-a-shot outdoors, which is as straightforward as it sounds. Just download the “NBA AR” app, point your phone at a chosen spot, and start …

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Astronomers just measured a whole lot more than gravitational waves

A couple of weeks ago, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and Virgo teams announced the detection of another set of gravitational waves — the fourth since LIGO’s first detection in September of 2015. The observations of these ripples in spacetime are extraordinary in and of themselves, no matter how many times we record them. However, …

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Safety is Elon Musk’s chief concern for new SpaceX rocket

Over the weekend, Elon Musk hosted a Reddit AMA as a follow-up to his presentation at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress. During that speech, Musk unveiled quite a few different ideas that will revolutionize space travel, from a new rocket called “BFR” (for “big fucking rocket”) to a moon base and a trip …

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Google WiFi adds site blocking to its family-friendly features

Google WiFi is a router that prioritizes ease of setup and use; it’s a great option for people who want to combine quick setup with advanced family-friendly controls. Now, they’re adding even more to the mix. Today, the company announced that Google WiFi offers site blocking, which allows parents to control access to over …

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Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro go official

Huawei’s Mate 9 was easily one of my favorite smartphones over the past year, and today Huawei has announced its successor — the Mate 10 series. Consisting of two primary models, these new phones bring a lot to the table, so let’s dig in. Starting off with the standard Mate 10, we’re looking at …

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